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DIY Candy Cane Holder with Sparkle

I love simple Christmas decor – and when I found this wood container with a Christmas tree cutout, I knew I had to turn it into a sparkle candy cane holder!

Decorate a Christmas candy cane holder

I’m from the school of thought that everything has a place, including the wonderful white and red sticks known as candy canes. The shelf life for these puppies seems to be a million years, and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but candy canes are now made in some fanciful flavors.

I particularly like the Spree ones. I like to have them around to munch on during the holidays, so I dolled up this candy cane holder.  Now when people come to my desk, they can try to grab a candy cane before I slap their hand. Ha!

Just kidding. Unless it’s the last one. Here’s how I made this candy cane holder, and gave it a little glitz too.

Attention newbies – I think you are going to like this one. There is no paper involved, so you can practice.

Candy Cane Holder

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood container – mine had a pre-cut tree in it.  How lucky is that?
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Hologram
  • FolkArt Acrylic Colors – Citrus Green, Kelly Green, Soft Apple
  • Wood ball feet – four that are 3/4″
  • Stencil tape, 3/4″
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft glue

Paint your balls (sorry, I’m laughing) with Soft Apple. The great thing about these little wood balls is that they have holes pre-drilled in the bottom, so they can be stuck on the end of a chopped-up dowel rod and painted without touching. Nice huh?


Completely paint your wood surface with the lighter color and allow to dry. You will probably need two to three coats.


Use your stencil tape to create stripes. You can measure if you like – I typically eyeball it. So what I’m saying is, the stripes look straight to me but not to anyone else.

Once you have the tape in place, paint the darker color for stripes. Peel the tape off immediately and allow to dry. Work one side at a time. Paint the entire base with the darker color.


Glue the feet on to the base of the container and allow to dry.


Paint the entire container with Mod Podge; give two or three coats. Allow to dry.


Accent the darker stripes with Hologram Extreme Glitter. Use a thinner brush and paint one coat. Allow to dry and you’ll have just the glimmer you want to make people love your candy cane bin.

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Saturday 18th of December 2010

Love this and the idea to display your candy canes. I always shove them in a cupboard. But look how cute and festive they look!


Monday 13th of December 2010

Adorable! You can use it for so many things! Love the green too! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a great day!


Saturday 11th of December 2010

Adorable! Love the two-toned stripes.


Saturday 11th of December 2010

very cute! just popping in from Tater Tots and Jello.

Southern Fried Gal

Friday 10th of December 2010

Super cute! I love the thought of a place for everything and then I had my son. So much for that theory - ha!